Software Veteran Takes Helm Of Microsoft’s Windows Server Product Management Group

REDMOND, Wash., March 5, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has hired Cliff Reeves, a veteran software business manager and developer, as vice president of marketing in the Windows.NET Server Product Management Group.

Reeves, 51, brings 30 years of experience with IBM Corp. and its affiliate Lotus Development Corp. to his new position. He will lead marketing efforts for Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server family and related products and technologies including Systems Management Server, Terminal Services and the forthcoming Microsoft Operations Manager. He begins work at Microsoft on March 5.

“Windows 2000 Server had a great first year in terms of sales and acceptance,” said Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. “We have a great product and have been focused on helping our customers build complete and reliable solutions that solve their problems. Cliff Reeves has the depth of experience to drive our business strategy to the next level. Under his leadership, we will continue to improve our server technology so that enterprises of all sizes will get the support they need to run their businesses.”

Before retiring from Lotus in January, Reeves led the product-definition effort that took Lotus Notes from 10 million to 60 million users in four years. He also defined the product strategy for IBM’s acquisition of Lotus in 1995, and managed the product integration between Lotus and IBM the following year.

Reeves joins Microsoft a year after the company launched the Windows 2000 Server family. Underscoring strong customer adoption, Microsoft recently announced that server license sales for the Windows 2000 Server family have exceeded 1 million.

Reeves said he decided to join Microsoft to continue his professional experience with a company where software is the primary focus.
“I have maintained a strong respect for Microsoft and its products over many years,”
Reeves said. “Now its my job to continue delivering enhanced business solutions to our customers and partners, through the Windows.NET Server family. The server is the lynch-pin of our businesses, and we will continue to provide the industry’s most scalable, reliable and manageable standards-based solutions – solutions that are laser-focused on making our customers and partners successful.”

Reeves started his career as a software development manager in 1971 with IBM in the United Kingdom. He later managed development of IBM’s systems tools, common user architecture and object technology before becoming director of IBM workgroup strategy in 1995. Reeves became vice president of product management at Lotus in June 1996 and then served as senior vice president of knowledge management and as a member of Lotus’ operating committee from March 2000 until his retirement from the company earlier this year.

Reeves worked with Microsoft and its products throughout his career. He took part in cooperative efforts and alliances between IBM and Microsoft, and participated on a collaborative team working on the IBM OS2 operating system. During his years with Lotus, Lotus was Microsoft’s biggest independent software vender (ISV).

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